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      29.11.2012 22:33
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      Team fun for picking up a party.

      Pictionary is the game that will pick up a party. I've had tears in my eyes from laughing so much during this game.

      Pictionary, by Mattel, needs two to four teams of two or more players and is officially suited for ages twelve upwards. However, we've frequently played with younger children when supported by adults.

      I think this board game has been around for about twenty-seven years in the world of games. It's an old family favourite and very good for entertaining the crowds at parties in the home. You see, the more people the more fun you have with Pictionary.

      To understand what this game is about think of the game Charades where you have to mine whilst the crowd guesses the word. Now convert the game to sketching on paper and you get familiar play but with an interesting twist.

      Open up the board and see how colourful and jolly the whole set up is. There are four bright playing pieces too. It all adds to the party atmosphere.

      The two hundred and six cards are divided into five areas which are colour-coded to match the different colours on the squares. These are as follows:

      Person

      Action

      Object

      Animal

      Place

      How to Play:

      Each team takes it in turn to roll the dice. The piece is moved along the board and where you land determines which category of card you may take. One member of the team must draw a picture, on the provided pad of paper, with the provided pencil, whilst their team looks on. The drawing will depend on the card. For example, if from the animal category of the card you pull out the word, cat, the chosen artist must draw a cat. The rest of the team have to guess the word, or name, which is being illustrated by their team member.

      Oh it's not that easy. Firstly, it's not likely to be as simple as a cat. Some cards seem to me impossibly hard to draw. Secondly, the included egg timer is only one minute long. Thirdly, no talking or writing is allowed. That's a lot of pressure on the artist. Fourthly, all the members of the other teams might well be making annoying comments, a common line being, 'Ooh, I know what that is' and then comes the murmurs of agreement, leaving the team, that is having to guess the word, feeling quite incompetent. If you have not been blessed with any drawing ability you'll end up letting your whole team down. It's a good thing you don't have to be the artist every time. We have each team member taking their turn after every new team throw of the dice.

      End up on an 'All Play' square on the board then the fun and pressure intensifies because it means the nominated artists from all teams will see the card and all have to draw the word on the card for their team at the same time. Everyone is shouting out the possibilities. It's a noisy affair.

      If you have a struggling artist on your team the only way to have a chance of winning the round, and moving forward with a throw of the die, is to either be a mind reader or listen in to the other teams, whilst pretending to be closely observing your team member, so as not to cause offence to your artist. I suggest this because when it's my turn to draw I don't mind people laughing at my attempts but I feel less stupid if they can work out what I've drawn and they really won't be able to do that without listening in to other teams!
      Some of the words on the cards are complicated for young and old as well. When people struggle, in our house, we allow someone to stand down from the round so that they can see the card and explain in whispered tones, to the artist. However, we often allow players to just put the card to the back of the pack and to take a new one - sometimes quite a few new cards - before the word or person is recognised by the artist.

      The first team to make it to the end of the board wins.

      Warning - only play if everyone is in a light mood and prepared to be laughed at. The worse your drawing skills, the more mess you get you, and your team will struggle, and the more egg you'll have on your face. With that in mind, remember, you are not being bullied or undermined just laughed at.

      Finally, the price is very expensive. Groan now. If you get a great deal of use out of it will be worth it in the long term. It's a whopping £39.99 on Amazon just now but do shop around in case you can do better.

      Have fun.

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        15.06.2011 11:09
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        We have had the Pictionary game for years now and it is still a great favourite to play when we have family or friends round.


        The game is a board game that you move about on using the throw of a dice. The board is divided up into squares making a route for you to follow and the squares have letters on them which represent what category you will need to draw for your go. You play pictionary in teams, this can be any number of teams and you can have as many on a team as you like. When you land on a square with a letter, if it is a P, O, A, or D then you who's ever turn it is has to draw whatever is on the next card in the box.


        The P stands for person, place or animal, this can be one of the easiest things to be able to draw.

        The O stands for object, this can also be an easy option.

        The A stands for action which is a bit harder to convey using a drawing as you are not allowed to use text or anything like that to give the game away.

        The D is for difficult and it is the worst category to have to do.

        If you land on a square that has AP on it then you all play and it means both teams have one person draw for them to guess what the item is.


        The game is really good fun to play, especially if you have someone who is utterly useless at drawing like my brother in law who just does a scribble and then expects you all to know what he is drawing and can't see why we can't guess what it is. Hence when choosing teams no one wants him on their team.


        The children love playing this game, what we usually do is when its their go to draw, someone on the other team goes out of the room with them and explains what all the items are on the card, and then they pick one that they can do or think they can do and we let them do this instead of sticking to whatever colour they land on as some of them are much too hard for them to understand. As for them being the guessers, we find they seem to guess the drawings a lot quicker than the adults.


        The game can last for years and years once you have bought it, you just need to replenish your stock of paper and pencils over the time and make sure the hourglass type of timer that comes with it doesn't get lost or broken although we overcame this in the end by buying one of those egg timers that you turn the dial round and set it.


        I would highly recommend this game if you like playing board games and have enough people to make up at least two teams, it can even be just two on each team so total of four players. Its great fun and doesn't really go on for that long as you just move around the board until you have finished.


        The game is currently selling on Amazon for £26.99 but you might be able to get it cheaper if you look around.

        Copied to Ciao under username Harveydog52

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          22.12.2010 10:51
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          An ideal game for the Christmas break

          I uesd to play this all the time when I was a kid and loved it so when I took some of our school children away last week to an outdoor activity centre I thought this would fill up some of their time in the evening. Not all of them took to it to be honest but the ones that did liked it too.

          The basis of the game is that you roll the dice and move your game piece around the board and see which colour it lands on. For example if it lands on red you will find a character, place or object to draw on a card next to the red emblem. The other person then has a set amount of time to guess what the thing is you are drawing and points are awarded in turn.

          The thing that makes this game exciting is the small time limit so pressure is put on straight away. You can also have lots of fun because quite often some of the drawings come out really wrong and so I wouldn't worry if you are not a good artist. I doubt if others are too.

          Another good thing about this game is that you can play it in teams. Now it does say 2-4 players on the box but there are ways of getting more people involved in that just by taking it in turns to draw and guess. It certainly brings the familiy together too something that I am sure will be useful this Christmas.

          There generally will be lots of shouting out and laughs when you play this game however if you are going to buy this for kids I would recommend the pictionary junior set as some of the people and characters on the other set can be a bity hard for young people.

          I have had my set for years but I would steer clear of retail stores when buying this game. Don't get me wrong I do like it but I would not pay over the odds for it. My feelings are that £20 and more for a game that involves some cards a board and some dice is way too much. I would look at second hand places.

          Overall this is an ideal game to wash away time over the December break and is bound to give some joy to plenty of faces. I will be playing my game. I forgotten how much fun it can be.

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          03.12.2010 22:02

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          Quality game thats will provide hours of laughs and hours of frustration!!!

          I managed to pick this up at a car boot sale believe it or not. I paid £2 for it and it had hardly been used! I had played the game previously but couldn't really remember it. The game consists of multiple teams of 2 or more people competing to get to the end of the board. The only time you get to roll the dice and progress the board is when you guess a drawing right. Each team selects a drawer and the board is marked with various colors and letters which correspond to a different category... E.G Blue is Object, Yellow is person or a place ect.. The way it works is that the drawer in your team has to pick a card from the pack and draw the corresponding category that your marker is on. You only get around 60 seconds to draw so you have to think quick and draw fast. It really is a fun game if you have a bunch of friends round. You really need a minimum of 4 people to play this game. As well as being fun it can also be really stressful if you have someone who isn't that bright on your team. There is a great range of things to draw on the cards ranging from really easy to nearly impossible! Sometimes you pick one out and it will be a Country you have never heard of then other times it might be as something as easy as cat or dog. It can be soooo funny seeing what some of the drawings look like and it drives you mad when someone can't guess your drawing but there getting words that are so close!!! I'd say the game isn't really for youngsters as some of the things you have to draw are quite hard. We played it with my 15 year old sister and she seemed to be the best one at it! However I would say that youngsters from around 12 and under with a short attention span wouldn't find this game fun. I recommend it mostly for mid teens +. Old people may like the game but again it might be quite stressful depending on how quick they are!

          I'm hoping to buy a different version of this for Christmas as this version has been so much fun.

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          03.10.2010 14:12
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          You play in teams of two, alternately drawing and guessing.

          The Game of Quick Draw

          " Bite your lip, don't say the word, just draw it! Pictionary is the game where your pencil does the talking. You and your team try to guess words by sketching clues to each other.

          It could be a place, a person, something you do, something easy, something hard! It's a race against the clock. Sketch what you want them to say or scribble it down in a series of clues - tease it out until they shriek it out!

          Now with a challenge die for more ways to play and to add an exciting twist to this ever popular game. "

          Recommended age 12 years up wards.

          Inside the box:
          206 Pictionary cards and holder
          Pen and paper so you can start the fun straightaway
          Timer
          Counters and Dice

          For 2 to 4 teams or players
          Manufacturers recommended age is 12 years plus but my 7 year old and 10 year old both do play with us on a team.

          This game gets the brain cells working in a fun way. You do not have to be arty. In fact the worse you are at drawing the more fun it is.

          Great game for all your friends and family. Group up in teams and get sketching! Highly amusing depending on how competetent the sketcher is. Sometimes the more incompetent the drawer the more hilarious the results! Suitable for all ages. I'm saying its educational in that kids will improve their sketching abilities if it means they can win the game! Also some tasks you are set to draw force you to think outside the box, "how best could I approach this so my team grasp what I'm on about?!"

          Some are easy ("ironing board") while some are tough ("justice"). A family gun addition to any games cupboard.

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            03.07.2010 14:15
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            Highly addictive

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            Highly addictive game that can be played by 4 people upwards who are split into two teams.

            It retails for approximately £25.

            Board features a sequence of squares and teams move around it by throwing a dice, the objective being to be the first team to reach the last space on the board.

            Each square has a letter or shape identifying the type of picture to be drawn on it:
            P: person / place / animal
            O: object
            A: action
            D: difficult
            AP: all play

            Teams must pick a card when it is their turn and then draw the object depending on whic letter square they have landed on. One person draws and the other team members must guess what it is that they are drawing. The drawer rotates with each turn andword.

            The AP category means that the teams compete against each other. The team guessing the word first gets to advance and take the next turn. If neither of the teams guessed the word, the turn passes to whichever team should have been next.

            A one-minute timer, is used to time the drawers. If the word is guessed in that time then the team can continue advancing around the board but and if other team members can't guess within that time then the other team gets the chance to advance around the board.

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            Some of the words can be obscure or just literally impossible to draw - what is the point of the makers including these I wonder?

            Too simple to cheat (could also be an advantage depending on your disposition!) - I mean how easy is it to just whisper the required word to your team members for them to guess, particularly when the game is in "all play" mode where two teams are racing against each other to see who can answer first.

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            it can lift a party even if it has stung your wallet a bit, but has some guaranteed laughs

            I don't think this game can ever get to old for you, because it's great when you are having a night in with friends, and its great when you have family over. On the box it says that the starting age is 8 years and up, as much fun as this game can get I personally think that 8 years old is too young, you barely know enough words let alone how to identify them, if I had to give an age I would probably say 12 years old, that to me seems more appropriate as an 8 year old could lose patience and want to go and play another game (like Hungry Hippo's).


            The box cover is a basic dark blue (close to black) lid that has on the front in big writing "Pictionary" and underneath that "the game of quick draw" under that is written "first edition" with a smart border going around the edge that gives the box a very sophisticated look.


            In the box you get:
            Pictionary board game which is a basic lay out with colourful squares on that same dark blue as the lid.
            A one minute sand timer that is just a plastic container and on the inside funnels that shift the sand through as you tip it upside down and let it fill up at the bottom.
            4 category cards, 496 keyword card (5 words per card) that are displayed in a smaller version of the whole Pictionary box but only holding the cards.
            2 dice.
            4 pads of paper.
            4 pencils
            The official Pictionary board game rules.


            Object of the game
            Players on your team need to guess the clues drawn on a piece of paper without using words or numbers (or your hands) to correctly answer the final word. By getting the words right you and your teams progress around the Pictionary game board and first team to reach the Finish square wins.



            Sounds easy right, just draw what you see, can't be that difficult, well if you're an amazing drawer then you might have a slightly better chance than the rest, but can you do your master piece to a one minute timer, not so easy now.



            You could have just as much fun without the game board and just have two teams and play first team to ten points, trust me that's just as fun.
            Just like with most popular games the main rules are quite simple and the rest is left up to you to fill in with the fun factor, because lets face it if you don't go into this game looking for fun then you aren't going to find it.
            This game has left evenings of mine with roars of laughter and some things getting broken (like an expensive ornament) but whether you win or lose it's a great laugh and good fun.
            Even though it's not allowed in the official rule book it does seem to be a habit of the other team to try and put you off by heckling stuff at you to distract you to run the timer down.
            In my opinion the best time to take out this box is when maybe everyone is in a festival mood, with Christmas alcohol being passed around like juice, just leave the game board in the box, take out the timer and your writing equipment, establish the teams and let the fun times roll.

            This game has been around for a while and even though it was a bit on the pricey side back then, it still seems to be on the pricey side now, and this came out in the mid 80's so I don't agree with the pricing. On Amazon you can get this for £32.75, which is a bit pricey, but the good times you will have from it is second to none.
            10/10

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              05.04.2010 22:20
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              Overall, a great family board game

              I think Pictionary is a great game for all the family and I've played it many times at parties and social gatherings as it gets everyone involved and having a laugh. As the name suggests imagine charades but with the use of drawing as well. So you combine words and descriptions from a dictionary with pictures. You really could do with a minimum of about 6 people to make it work and can play in teams if you wish to make things more fun and competitive.

              The concept is pretty simple which is the case for alot of popular and successful games today as there's not many instructions to read through or try and understand. The idea of the game itself is to work out what a specific word is based on a picture that someone draws for you on a board. So for example if you are in a team, then one member of your team in turn will be given a word, for example, Cat and have to draw that word so the others can guess it. There is a time limit so speed counts too so it's good to get something down quickly to get the guesses going. This part of the game is great fun whether you can draw or not.

              On the board you progress along the path that has different coloured squares and these determine what category of picture you need to draw. So this adds some variety to proceedings. For example you might end up on 'P' for people and places or 'O' for an object.

              Some of the words you are given are more challening that others so it's luck which ones you get. I found while playing that some can be very easy and some impossibly hard which adds to the enjoyment and is very entertaining.

              This is a fantastic game and is educational too and gets your brain thinking. Play with friends and have a great laugh at their drawings of words. It is also simple enough to get on and play and have fun..

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              28.07.2009 16:34
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              A brilliant game for family Christmas' that will appeal to many ages

              As a child who enjoyed drawing this was one of my favourite childhood boardgames and still is.

              The game is played by at least 2 teams of 2 or more players. The teams move around the board by rolling a dice, and on each go take it in turns to draw a picture of something (e.g. an eskimo, Japan, or Tim Henman) written on one of the cards for their partner to guess. There are 5 categories of things to draw: objects, person place or animal, action, difficult or allplay in which both teams compete. The winning team gets to the end of the board first by guessing the most drawings correctly.

              This game is enjoyable for adults and older children, and the bigger the teams the better. Much hilarity is created as non-drawers attempt to sketch bizarre objects and people (especially in the difficult category), or try to create images for composite words (for example, the country Brazil may become a picture of a "bra" *sounds like* and "chill"). People who are less good at drawing may enjoy the guessing side of the game more, but I find both roles enjoyable.

              One disadvantage is that often younger players (including myself) have not heard of some of the people or other things, which can be irritating as they pore through all the cards trying to find an easier one! Generally though the references are known, but often just tricky to draw. Also, the timer is perhaps a bit short at 1 minute, as sometimes the longer a drawing takes to guess, the more funny it can be! Another downside could be that if played enough, people may become familiar with the cards and be able to guess drawings more easily, but this is unlikely to happen.

              Overall the pictionary concept is a great alternative to the traditional moving round a board, picking up cards type of boardgame.

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                07.02.2009 01:19

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                My favourite board game! It can get a bit hectic but my whole family join in and play this so it does suit all ages. It probably works best with about two teams - each team with two or three people in it - more then that then chaos ensues!

                I don't think you necessarily have to be artistic, but you do need to be quick thinking and be able to read your partner / team well. It obviously helps to have a wide vocabularly as well as sometimes the younger members of my family can be a bit stuck on what to draw if they have never come across the word before.

                My only criticism is that the timer in my game broke quite quickly - easy to replace I know - but I am not sure it was sturdy enough for my energetic and competitive family. There are also only so many cards in the game so if you play a lot you will find the same item come up again. It would be good if pictionary produced extra boxes of the cards so that you could play fresh games all over again without having to buy a whole new set when different versions do come out.

                Overall, great fun for everyone though - and for me, I prefer the family to be active and engaged with each-other then sat in front of the TV!

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                A fun game for adults and the artistically-minded.

                Pictionary is a great game for the more creative of game lovers. It involves drawing pictures to clues such as 'black hole' or 'sand bag' for your team mates to guess correctly. Sometimes you will be drawing in competition with the other teams, and sometimes just against the timer (which I have found to be much easier). You move round the board after successfully winning a drawing challenge and having rolled the dice. It is great fun with a large group of people, though it can get confusing as to who shouted out the answer first! The bad thing about Pictionary is that sometimes, even if you are good at the game, you can be beaten while you still remain at the beginning. It doesn't involve taking turns, so if your competitor gets the first go and continues to win their challenges, it is entirely possible for them to complete the board without you so much as having one go, which is incredibly frustrating! Another downside is that there is never enough paper (or maybe I just draw very big pictures!).

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                  Pictionary is a great game which combines as its name suggests the words of the dictionary with pictures. It is a great party game and you need a very minimum of about 6 players to make it work

                  The object of the game is to determine a word based on the picture someone else draws for you. The first thing you may say is ; well I can't draw. Well I say that does not matter a jot. As long as you can get some sort of doodle done and it enables your team to make a guess then that is enough. In fact it is not always the best drawings that win, as long as you can draw a response. It is speed that counts.
                  There is a board that you have to progress along and this has different coloured squares which determine what category of picture you need to draw. There is 'P' for people or places as well as characteristics of these such as 'Moustache' - now everyone can draw a moustache can't they? There is 'O' for object such as radio or salad. Then there is 'A' for action such as dig, peg or divide. There is then 'D' for difficult with some stinkers like poverty and some less so like cable car. Finally if you land on AP that means all play and everyone in any team can guess. This also applies if the word on the card for any of the other characters has a triangle emblem before it.

                  But really the rules are quite simple and you can soon get into it. It is a good game for children as it would help them learn to think quickly and draw abstract concepts rather than just objects or people. That is taking it seriously though and trying to find the educational value. As much as anything it is a good game because it is great fun.

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                  Before I start, let me paint you a picture. Imagine a household full of amazingly competitive people, who take playing board games personally. Imagine now, that we move into a board game where the personal skill of someone in both the fields of interpretation and art, as well imagination, could start an argument which could last for days. Sound like Pictionary should be played in a house like this? Well, the funny thing is that it was, and boy did we have FUN! I'm sorry, but for the first time in a long while, we could all joke together on how it really did look like a fat man with big nipples, or that sow was in fact a pig and not something to do with a needle. This game is fun because people can't take each other too seriously! Imagine if they did! The whole charm of the thing is that if you end up with a partner that you kinda understand (and has a wide enough vocabulary), you have everything you need to be unbeatable! And the fun thing is when you think you're in this situation, and you find out that your not! You can learn a lot about people by playing this game, and have a lot of fun doing it at the same time. The only thing I would say is that sometimes the vocabulary used is a little bizarre, but you know, maybe I'm just a little backward. Now imagine that household playing RISK! Stick to Pictionary, and lets live and let live! Fun for the whole family.

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                    Pictionary is a great game which combines as its name suggests the words of the dictionary with pictures. It is a great party game and you need a very minimum of about 6 players to make it work The object of the game is to determine a word based on the picture someone else draws for you. The first thing you may say is ; well I can’t draw. Well I say that does not matter a jot. As long as you can get some sort of doodle done and it enables your team to make a guess then that is enough. In fact it is not always the best drawings that win, as long as you can draw a response. It is speed that counts. There is a board that you have to progress along and this has different coloured squares which determine what category of picture you need to draw. There is ‘P’ for people or places as well as characteristics of these such as ‘Moustache’ – now everyone can draw a moustache can’t they? There is ‘O’ for object such as radio or salad. Then there is ‘A’ for action such as dig, peg or divide. There is then ‘D’ for difficult with some stinkers like poverty and some less so like cable car. Finally if you land on AP that means all play and everyone in any team can guess. This also applies if the word on the card for any of the other characters has a triangle emblem before it. But really the rules are quite simple and you can soon get into it. It is a good game for children as it would help them learn to think quickly and draw abstract concepts rather than just objects or people. That is taking it seriously though and trying to find the educational value. As much as anything it is a good game because it is great fun.

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                      If I could do that, I would be the master of the game. But without using letters, numbers, or any slightly misleading hand gestures, I find that an almost impossible task. If you have ever played Pictionary, you will understand mainly what I am talking about. However if not (and there can not be that many), it probably means less to you than a Taiwanese pizza menu! Pictionary is a board game in category (that’s why it is here), however the actual game is so much more than that. Indeed, I do not think the board is really that important. But before I go to far off track, I had better explain what this game is all about. Pictionary: A game of quick drawing. Effectively the aim of the game is to get around the board, and pass the finish line. To do this, you must draw a picture of a word that is given to you on a card. Then your team must describe what they think you are drawing. If the guess correctly, you keep control of the dice, and may move round the board. Does this sound easy? Well, you would think it would be wouldn't you? But I tell you, it is not. I mean try drawing for example: Lucrative Temperate Lucky I just pulled them randomly out of the box. Ok, so you could probably do it. But add in the time limit of 1 minute per go, and problems start arising. Then add in the particularly low intelligence that your team will no doubt possess, and it "all goes quite pear shaped!" Of course, for obvious reasons you can not use letters, numbers or any hand gestures. It really is quite tricky, especially for an inexperienced player! So, why is this game exciting? The way I have so far described it seems fairly boring? Well, I have clearly given the wrong impression. Pictionary is possibly one of the most explosive and exciting family board games around. So far, I have yet to mention the all play game, another p
                      art of the game that really heats things up. To make the game more interesting, all play is a game that is played if the card with the description on it, has it indicated (usually by a little triangle by it). In an all play game, you must race against your opponents to get the right answer. There is no time limit in this game, so it pays to be tactical. You can imagine all the entertainment that could arise from this situation. False (or true!) accusations of cheating Shouting at opponents to put them off Every situation can arise, and sometimes it can come down to a good old fisty cuffs battle. It all is very heated just over a very silly little game. Anyway, I have to say forking out £30 for the game is slightly pointless. All you get are a board, some dice, counters and lots of cards. I would think it is possible to make the game yourself. However doing this would take time, and perhaps make the game less exciting to play, especially if the players you are playing with are quite pernickety and complain a lot (like my family). However I thoroughly recommend this game for people who are trying to find things to do at get together (especially good for families). It is, as I have, perhaps one of the most exciting group board games ever invented. Only product that comes close, is the seemingly similar Articulate. Oh, and I forgot to mention if you are drunk it can be even more comical. I remember one Christmas when a good (old) friend of ours was playing. The things that fell out of his head and onto the paper while we were playing were just so insane. Brilliant. Loads of fun.

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